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How important are optional updates?

Q: How important are optional updates?

I see updates like Root Certificates Update, Microsoft Silverlight 1.0, Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0: x86, Driver Update for Intel Graphics Controller and all those other stuffs..I have like 15 updates on the waiting list..Are they important?. I read an article about how some people had computer problems after installing some of these..

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A: How important are optional updates?

Some people have problems after doing anything . . . you only need install the Optional updates you need. I like to install the Root Cert updates, but only any of the others that are needing a update,

You are not likely to have problems with any of them, you just may not need them
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Noticed this month that I suddenly had a lot of important updates to install when I check Windows update. Under important updates I have the likes of:

KB3055999 - Update APN database entry for SaskTel (Canada) in Windows 8.1 and 8
KB3045634 - You cannot make a PPP connection after you reconnect a PLC device in Windows 8.1 or Windows 8

The article for both of these states: Provided as an Optional update for Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1

Wondering why I have these and others listed as Important?


Win 8.1

A:Optional updates listed under important updates

They are "only" important, so they are optional. "Critical" updates are not optional. MS-speak at its finest.
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So I am not very technical.

We own 2 Windows 7 Home Premium PCs from Dell.

They are the same make and model number and same hardware specifications only difference is:
PC #1 runs TrendMicro Security and Office 2013 Professional (available for purchase through an employer).
PC #2 runs McAfee and Office 2013 Student.

The following 3 Microsoft Win 7 updates show as Important on PC #1 and Optional on PC #2:

Any idea why that is? Is there a problem with PC #2?

Thanks in advance for your help.

A:3 April Updates show as Important on 1 PC and Optional on another

I checked this one only, Event 55 when you copy an encrypted folder to EFS shared folder in Windows so if one is using EFS and the other not, it could be optional on the one that does not use EFS.

Nothing is wrong with either one, it depends on the software you have and how it's used that makes the updates Optional, Important or Critical.
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A past update for Powershell 2.0 and WinRm 2.0 was designated Optional. (Which I didn't download. Do I need this?) Had trouble with the recent Live Essentials update and after some reading uninstalled Windows Live from my system which re-designated the Live Essentials update from Important to Optional. Now I find that the Powershell/WinRm package has changed ftom Optional to Important. Any idea why and how I should proceed?


A:From Optional to Important

Windows PowerShell is a new Windows command-line shell designed especially for system administrators. The Windows PowerShell includes an interactive prompt and a scripting environment that can be used independently or in combination.

Do you need it?
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Does anyone know why the "MS .NET Framework 4 Client Profile for W7 x64 Based Systems - KB982670" shows up as an optional update on my desktop computer, but shows up as an important update on my wife's laptop?

I was under the impression that this is something you don't need till you need it.

A:.NET Framework 4 - Important or Optional?

Better be safe than sorry, an updates an update. It maybe that it's optional on yours because you have a fairly recent version of it on your PC whereas she doesn't have a version at all.

Besides it's worth having installed as long as you've got the space to spare.

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Heyo, need to ask a question.

A while back in November, Microsoft released the KB3000850, which was a November roll up update. However some people didn't install it due to issues. I didn't install it back then and now, in March its showing as Important. Given how its like 400+MB, I need to know...

Has anyone here had any issues with it, and is it now finally save to install it? This is for Windows 8.1 32-bit btw.

A:Optional KB3000850 Showing As Important?

Using Defender I have never had any issues. The issues are mostly coming from 3rd party AVs, But I'm pretty sure the AV companies have fixed the problems by now. Still I recommend making a system image before installing. Even though I have never had an issue with patch Tuesday updates, as with any major system changes, I always make an image before hand, be it security updates, driver updates or program updates.
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I have two computers in the house on 8.1. I noticed yesterday that on one computer, a certain update was listed as optional, while on the other computer it was listed as important (ftr it was update 3132080). This is not the first time I've noticed that an update is listed differently on the two computers. Anyone know why this is? There really isn't much difference in the setup between the two computers.
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Microsoft appears to have optional KB3000850 changed from important to changed the Nov roll-up from optional to important As a result it slipped by me and it installed on restart The system performance was abysmal afterwards with a black screen after the Toshiba logo for a good seconds before getting to the login screen Login would take forever to get a desktop with icons Mouse would not move for some time and the system would take about seconds or more to bring up task manager via Ctl-Alt-Del after which I'd see Disk usage for approximately a minute with the system and svchost processes the biggest culprits in IO reads This is a Toshiba Satellite P t-A with TB drive and gigs Intel video I uninstalled the update and the system is now very unstable SFC KB3000850 changed from optional to important in Safe mode generates many errors in the log files and notes corrupted files at the end of the run Tried to restore to a March rd restore point which failed after which the restore point disappeared from the restore folder Restored to March th with no difference in performance Disabled Toshiba Norton that was uninstalled so I'm not KB3000850 changed from optional to important sure why those two tasks were still there and Skydrive tasks Disabled Brother printer software Toshiba app place Toshiba update Superfetch Windows Search and BITS Still runs miserable Touch pad sometimes works sometimes doesn't Event ID A multi-touch device reported inconsistent contact information Wireless error message with Toshiba diagnostics Kernel processor speed limited by firmware for all Event ID WLAN extensibility module stopping The embedded controller EC returned data when none was requested The BIOS might be trying to access the EC without synchronizing with the operating system This data will be ignored No further action is necessary however you should check with your computer manufacturer for an upgraded BIOS Haven't tried the refresh option yet but have backed up all of my files in case I have to do a re-load Any suggestions would be very much appreciated Thanks John

A:KB3000850 changed from optional to important

I am also being offered KB3000850

I have not installed it. What is the feeling here about installing it now? I seem to remember it being offered some time ago, but some folk said it was giving problems.

What is the current opinion on installing it or not?
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As an IT manager, consultant, and technician, I am increasingly frustrated with the severity of issues being created by what is obviously a product that is not ready for general release to the public.

Please downgrade the Type rating for IE8 from 'important' to 'optional', so that my staff, our clients, and our business can disregard IE8, until such time as Microsoft corrects the issues with IE8.

You wouldn't buy a car that breaks down everytime you turn on the ignition. Why would Microsoft push IE8 when it is defective to begin with?

Company policy for our business is to remove all IE8 products, revert to IE7 for the moment until we consider moving to another browser.
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I've got Office Student Edition all installed minus Outlook I haven't done any updates to it I did not install the Microsoft GDI Detection tool And I only visit Windows Update not Microsoft Update and install the critical updates under custom install I'm wondering Are the updates for MS Office that are critical security things included when you do Windows Update For example there are a number of things listed here towards the bottom http isc sans org diary html storyid -- would those have been included in the last batch of critical Windows updates Do you need the GDI thing to do Office Updates When you go to the Office Updates site it wants you to install and run some kind of Active X thing Is this necessary And can it cause any problems Can doing critical Office updates separate from whatever if anything that comes with Windows Update cause any problems or conflicts with other things on your computer Thanks for the help

A:How Important Are Ms Office Updates? Are They Included In Windows Critical Updates?

I don't have that detection tool either. At least some of the office updates are available through the windows update feature. You can also navigate to the Office updates site from the windows update site. There are no problems with installing the office updates separately. In fact, I generally download only 1 or 2 updates at a time as I am on dial-up.

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I ve got Office Student Edition all installed minus Outlook I haven t done any updates to it I did not install the Microsoft GDI Detection tool And I only updates? MS are Critical important How included Windows Are they Updates? Office in visit Windows Update not Microsoft Update and install the critical updates under custom install I m wondering Are the updates for MS Office that are critical security things included when you do Windows Update For How important are MS Office updates? Are they included in Windows Critical Updates? example there are a number of things listed here towards the bottom http isc sans org diary html storyid -- would those have been included in the last batch of critical Windows updates Do you need the GDI thing to do Office Updates When you go to the Office Updates site it wants you to install and run some kind of Active X thing Is this necessary And can it How important are MS Office updates? Are they included in Windows Critical Updates? cause any problems Can doing critical Office updates separate from whatever if anything that comes with Windows Update cause any problems or conflicts with other How important are MS Office updates? Are they included in Windows Critical Updates? things on your computer Thanks for the help nbsp

A:How important are MS Office updates? Are they included in Windows Critical Updates?

bloomcounty said:

I've got Office 2003 Student Edition (all installed, minus Outlook). I haven't done any updates to it. I did not install the Microsoft GDI+ Detection tool. And I only visit Windows Update (not Microsoft Update) and install the critical updates under custom install.

I'm wondering:

1. Are the updates for MS Office that are critical security things included when you do Windows Update? (For example, there are a number of things listed here towards the bottom: -- would those have been included in the last batch of critical Windows updates?

2. Do you need the GDI+ thing to do Office Updates?

3. When you go to the Office Updates site, it wants you to install and run some kind of Active X thing. Is this necessary? And can it cause any problems?

4. Can doing critical Office updates (separate from whatever, if anything, that comes with Windows Update) cause any problems or conflicts with other things on your computer?

Thanks for the help!Click to expand...

1. No. You either do Windows update and Office update, or you do Microsoft update, which does both at once.

2. I think so, but I am not positive. If you need it, it will install it, or, if you decline, you may not get updates. One way to find out, try it.

3. I don't think it will do the updates without it. Again, try it. It never caused any problems for me having it.

4. I can't guarantee that, nor can anyone else. Sometimes these "hotfixes" cause problems. Wait at least a few days after release to update was my motto. If there were any problems, you may hear about them, giving you the option to wait for that "fix" and, it gives MS time to be notified and correct it. Hopefully.

For what it's worth, I always kept my XP updated, waiting a few days after the release of course.
Hope this helps.
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A:PUP.Optional.Spigot.A, PUP.Optional.MyEmoticons.A, PUP.Optional.SearchProtection

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A quick Google search has led me to understand that this particular PUP is not an issue? Is this true?
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A:Optional Updates

Others may disagree but I believe the first place to check for updated drivers is at the computer manufacturer's website. (If it's a home built machine then check the individual manufacturer websites for motherboard, graphics card, etc.) I also think most people would say "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."

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A:Help with optional updates

Look in the Windows Update settings in Control panel. There should be a box to check that says something like "Offer optional updates the same way I receive Windows updates".
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A:Optional Updates

I had two of those, KB3042085 and 2976978. One seems to be yet another pre W10 update. Installed them OK.

If you install these would you look at something first just to satisfy my curiosity. What is your free disc space before and then after installing these ?
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I think that Microshaft is up to it's old 'snooping' tricks again.  I'd advise not to install them.  Any thoughts from you gurus?
- RVAH-12

A:New (optional) updates on 8/21/15

Hi RVAH-12 I personally would install them because I see no harm in doing so. As long as they aren't drivers update, there's no real chance that they'll mess up your system. If you are one of these users that cares about privacy (in a certain way), you might just want to leave the second update out, but for the first one, it can be useful in the future (the kind of data it'll collect can be valuable to enhance Windows' protection).
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Had to do another reinstall of W7. Are any of these optional updates needed ?

A:Optional Updates

Define 'needed'!
The OS will run happily and securely without them - but they do contain some nice enhancements.
I'd install everything offered except the Bing and Live stuff (unless you actually want those) - and hide those so that they don't get in the way (at least until they are updated again)
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A:Optional Updates

- I would recommend to simply install them all. Those "Update for Windows" add new features.
- Is Windows Update only recommending 9 "optional updates" ?
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A:Optional updates

Some are fairly useful - some are fairly pointless
You need to make the decision on which you want to install for yourself - the list is way to log now to detail it.
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A:Optional Updates

Optional means just that: optional. It won't hurt to not install them. I hide anything to do with Bing and, if I were to unhide them, there would be many more times nine setting there.
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A:34 optional updates available

Nobody forces you to install any updates. It is up to you what you want to install. I sometimes "hide" updates because I do not use the program to which they pertain. In Vista I have hidden all of SP2 on one system because it gave me problems on another system and it is smooth sailing since then. So as I said, it's up to you.
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any opinions?

A:Should I install any of these optional updates?

You know what they say about opinions, don't you? Opinions are like a certain body part. Everybody's got one and sometimes they stink.

A lot of folks on this Forum recommend installing all updates starting with the critical, then the important, recommended, and finally the optionals. Because in theory the updates are supposed to keep a computer safer, running smoother, etc. But as many people have discovered, even a critical update that doesn't install correctly can cause a lot of grief.

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A:Windows 7 optional updates

WINDOWS 1O links are dead and buried, install them all.
They were only UP until the free offer ended.

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A:Windows 7 Optional Updates

- Try to find out what the update is about on the Microsoft website. Each update has a separate webpage.
E.g. info about update KB 2830477 is found at https:
Or try to GOOGLE it.
- If you don't want to upgrade to Win 10 (yet) the don't install KB 3035583 & KB 3123862.
- But one update you must install is KB 2852386. It allows you to reduce the size of the infamous "C:\Windows\winsxs" folder with the "Disk Clean Up" tool. A word of WARNING: If you have reduced the size of the "Winsxs" folder with that tool you won't be able to remove (previous) updates.
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A:how to install optional updates

Does your machine need those optional updates, can you tell us what they were for ?
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Someone please give me the links to download these 2 optional updates .......

Microsoft - Other Hardware - HID Non-User Input Data Filter (KB 911895)

Microsoft - Other Hardware - Microsoft Hardware USB Wireless Mouse

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A:2 optional updates required

Have a look at this thread,

KB911895 HID Non-user Input Data Filter

I think they are related updates.
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A:Uninstalling Optional Updates

Hello Fred,

What are the optional updates for?

Some of these are recommended to install as well. For example, definition updates for MSE or Windows Defender.
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A:Optional Windows Updates

None of those updates stick out as being problematic.
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A:Remove Optional Updates?

Hi microdude431,

To do this, you need to hide the unwanted updates. Open 'Windows Updates' and select 'View available updates'. The following screen appears.

Right click the unwanted update and select 'Hide update'. You will need to provide administrative credentials to continue. Repeat for each update that you do not wish to see. Unfortunately, I don't know of any way to do this other than individually selecting each update in turn.
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A:19 Optional Windows Updates available

If you click on the "More Information" link next to the update, a window to Microsoft will open (assuming you have internet connection) with the details/reason for the update.
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Update for Windows 7 x64 based Systems (KBxxxxxx)

the xxxxxx are the KB numbers. They seem to refer to help in updating W10.
I have not installed W10 as yet and not sure when I will do it.



Right-click on each of those optional updates, then select to hide it.

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I've got the following updates hidden:


A:Optional Updates - Should They Be Installed?

I don't install this stuff. In fact I don't install any updates as long as my system is running perfetly. Any change in my code carries the risk of new bugs. Why expose myself to that.
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A:April Optional Updates

the key word is optional
nobody can say what is wanted or needed on your particular computer
the only thing to do is look at each update in turn and follow the more information link & see what it does
if you don't have the software or hardware installed that the update applies to then hide that update and don't install it
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A:Should i install also the optional updates ?

Originally Posted by chocolade

I did a clean windows 8.1 pro installation.
Now in the windows update I have 92 important updates and 3 optional updates.

In the optional updates I see two updates KB.....etc.... and one update for mouse and keyboard.

My question if I should install this updates ? Always to install all updates ?

I would wait on any optional updates for a bit as some have caused problems recently. I would also check those marked as important and look for KB3022345. If this one is in the batch I would wait on that one as well as it has been the source of some problems.

Possibly post a screenshot of your update list.
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A:Solved: Optional Updates

Most of the optional updates for Windows it's about drivers update or some new features

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A:New Windows Optional Updates

Installed them all, as most seemed helpful and the others innocuous. Mind you, the only issue was that when Windows was restarting and in the shutting down phase, the busy round dots moved onto the far left of the screen, when they're usually central. Starting up, the dots and all were in their normal place and everything seemed fine. Probably some minor blip. I have backups if things don't go well, so not worrying.
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Are you experiencing any problems currently?
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A:Optional Updates Not Installed Automatically?

Optional updates doesn't install automatically because it is not important. You no need to install all optional updates, only install those that will benefit you.
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A:Optional or Recommended (Critical) Updates

Hello Alice and welcome to Seven Forums. Here's more information about Windows Updates than you probably wanted to know.

Updates are classified as Important, Recommended, Optional, and Featured. Here's what they mean: Important updates offer significant benefits, such as improved security, privacy, and reliability. They should be installed as they become available, and can be installed automatically with Windows Update.
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Optional updates can include updates, drivers, or new software from Microsoft to enhance your computing experience. You can only install these manually.
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Critical updates. A broadly released fix for a specific problem addressing a critical, non-security related bug.
Service Packs. A tested, cumulative set of hotfixes, security updates, critical updates, and updates, as well as additional fixes for problems found internally since the release of the product. Service Packs might also contain a limited number of customer-requested design changes or features.

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You can open the Windows Update in the Control and under Important updates you can use the option to Download updates but let me choose whether to install them or not.
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A:Windows Updates: Install Optional?

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A:Optional Windows Updates in Italics

Can you please post a screenshot ? Arnav Sharma | Please remember to click ?Mark as Answer? on the post that helps you, and to click ?Unmark as Answer? if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading
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A lot less than that!
I make it 4 for Win7
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kernel security check failure
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A:8.1 Optional Updates (9/15/15) and the Windows 10 icon-FE

Originally Posted by Juliet68

Also, does anyone know if yesterdays updates have anything to do with Windows 10?

I got 9 optional updates; I believe one of them mentioned something w.r.t. Windows 10 (like compatibility or something(*)). I didn't find any of the updates controversial (like, say, "added telemetry points") so installed them all.

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[64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro]
(*) The Windows 10-related update is:

Apparently uSoft broke their multi-OS-version development environment with some Windows 10 stuff so this unbreaks it.
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A:How to clear Optional Updates from list

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A:Windows 8.1 - Error 0XC000021A after optional updates

STEP 1: Enter cmd
STEP 2: Now in the Command prompt just type System Root\System32\Drwtsn32.exe -I?. This process will register the Dr.Watson as the default system debugger which has to be -> Press Enter.
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I just got the same KB's and hid all 3 of them.
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PS: I've attached a screenshot of the situation.

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Click on the "View Update history" in the left panel, you might already have installed them.

Also, have you installed the SP1?
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Hello Peter, and welcome to the Seven Forums!

What error message are you receiving from Windows?

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is any computer really safe? is windows ever 100% safe and secure? how many updates have been issued for its various operating systems since i purchased xp home sp1a retail more moons ago than i can remember? and who are you trying to keep your pc safe from? the spoilsports ratbags and shysters out to nick your money, or m/s now spying on you at every opportunity and then flogging that data? dont forget, m/s make windows and they are(going by all accounts) using every nefarious trick to infect and steal your data?

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Some updates like this IE8 security update that was released the 14th, we're not getting in Windows update. Why?

Shouldn't we at least get important or critical security updates even in the lastest builds? I could see why maybe not other less important updates but critical security ones?

And when I try to install it says it's not applicable to my system but updates like this one should clearly be applicable, no?

Download details: Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer 8 in Windows 7 Client Beta (KB963027)
Download details: Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer 8 in Windows 7 Client Beta for x64-based Systems (KB963027)

MS09-014: Cumulative security update for Internet Explorer

A:Why aren't we getting some important Updates

It could be that the issues these fix are already fixed in later builds. 7000 is still the only 1 (according to M$) that the public have and IE8 on that was too buggy. As far as I can tell build 7057 upwards have the full IE8 and not just the beta that's packed with 7000.
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i cannot install important updates not sure about much about my laptop apart from its a toshiba satellite pro on windows 7 an when i tryed to install them this code came up code:80240016

A:cant install important updates

Hi and welcome,
Could you try running this again please?
TSG System Information Utility

Your first attempt came up with nothing - as you can see

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When I see the Windows Updates listing there's a tab for "important" and a tab for "recommended." Today I loaded all updates that were important. But when I looked in my update history, a few were described as recommended.

Also, today some places listed one update as "critical" - (the one about IE) and the rest as important.
But the word "critical" didn't appear at all. In other words these classifying things aren't consistent, have you noticed?

A:Updates - important/recommended etc.

Some updates are Critical in some circumstances, but not others - in real terms, any Security Update should be regarded as Critical - and others as Important or Optional
Since all IE Cumulative Updates contain Security elements, they are all critical - but because a given month's Cumulative update doesn't contain new Security Updates, it may be downgraded.

... but yes, the terminology does get confusing at times. One reason why it's good policy to install all updates unless you have good reason not to do so.
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I have my PC set to Notify me of Important Updates, but not download or install them.

On at least 2 different occasions over the past 2 months I seen maybe 17 -19 Important Updates shown when I open Updates, but chose not to install them at that moment because I was doing other things. When I went back a few days later they where all gone. This happened this week, as well as about a month ago. And, they were not automatically installed either.

What's going on with these disappearing Important Updates? Unfortunately I never checked to see if they were somehow redundant because I think they would disappear.

A:Important Updates Disappear?

Two days ago, I had 27 important updates which I had not installed.

Yesterday, my computer was up to date! Not a single update.

So I checked for updates for hours but had to stop since it was eating cpu and not come up with any results.

Try searching and post whether your search ended successfully without any updates, or was just stuck for hours.

Mine was stuck so I followed this procedure and found the old and newer July updates in minutes.
Set Windows to Never check for updates.

Make sure wuauserv is not running in the background eating your CPU . If it does, just stop the service.

Download and install KB3168965.

Restart and set Windows to Check for updates but let me choose what to install.

Click search for updates.

Let it search for 1-2 hours. Should come up with results.
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I turned it on again today and found that Windows Update now tells me that there are 215 important updates and 6 optional updates.

Has my system forgotten that it has ever been updated?

Also, will I have to take any action to get Windows 10? I had it installed and then had to restore to factory.

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OS - Windows Vista Hme Prem bit Srvce Pk Hello Below is a detailed list of important updates Desktop PC 6 03.12.2010 as of updates important will be one year next month I did not renew 6 important updates as of 03.12.2010 the Microsoft Office after trial period that came as a package w no future intention of acquiring it I'm using the free Open Office program - word processing mostly at this time Is there anything in the list below that is of importance I only have a basic PC with DVD player for movies etc No scanner printer or fax Not even external hard drive or usb flash drive Otherwise I understand that I can just choose to hide the updates so it will not keep reminding me Also I choose to keep my OS w Srvce pk and MS IE version for as long as I'll be able to I had too many probs with Srvce pk and MS IE version Your opinion if any is welcome Your assistance is greatly appreciated Thank you NBB PowerPoint Viewer Service Pack SP Download size MB Update type Important Service Pack provides the latest updates to PowerPoint Viewer 6 important updates as of 03.12.2010 More information http www microsoft com downloads details aspx FamilyId A E -C - D- DD- D A F A amp displaylang en Help and Support http support microsoft com LN en-us Security Update for PowerPoint Viewer KB Download size KB Update type Important A security vulnerability exists in Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer that could allow arbitrary code to run when a maliciously modified file is opened This update resolves that vulnerability More information http www microsoft com downloads details aspx FamilyId B - C - -A E -D F D D C 6 important updates as of 03.12.2010 amp displaylang en Help and Support http support microsoft com LN en-us Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack Service Pack SP Download size MB Update type Important Service Pack provides the latest updates to the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack More information http www microsoft com downloads details aspx FamilyId F AB F- F D- A - - CA E B amp displaylang en Help and Support http support microsoft com LN en-us Security Update for the Microsoft Office System KB Download size MB Update type Important A security vulnerability exists in the Microsoft Office System and the Compatibility Pack for the Office system that could allow remote code execution This update resolves that vulnerability More information http support microsoft com kb Help and Support http support microsoft com LN en-us Security Update for the Microsoft Office System KB Download size KB Update type Important A security vulnerability exists in Microsoft PowerPoint that could allow arbitrary code to run when a maliciously modified document is opened This update resolves that vulnerability More information http www microsoft com downloads details aspx FamilyId E D A C - A- F - D - A E A amp displaylang en Help and Support http support microsoft com LN en-us Security Update for the Microsoft Office System KB Download size MB Update type Important A security vulnerability exists in the Microsoft Office System that could allow arbitrary code to run when a maliciously modified file is opened This update resolves the vulnerability so that the Microsoft Office System documents are handled appropriately More information http support microsoft com kb Help and Support http support microsoft com LN en-us

A:6 important updates as of 03.12.2010


I would strongly recommend installing SP2 and IE8 as soon as possible. If you have any problems, we are here to help. If these updates came through before you uninstalled Office, then that is why. If Office is still installed, then you need these updates. Uninstall Office if you are going to, recheck for updates, and install any that are suggested. Any problems, post back.